L. M. Clayton Airport
|L. M. Clayton Airport|
|IATA: OLF – ICAO: KOLF – FAA LID: OLF|
|Owner||City of Wolf Point & Roosevelt County|
|Serves||Wolf Point, Montana|
|Elevation AMSL||1,989 ft / 606 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
L. M. Clayton Airport (IATA: OLF, ICAO: KOLF, FAA LID: OLF) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Wolf Point, a city in Roosevelt County, Montana, United States. It is owned by the city and county. The airport is served by one commercial airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. Reportedly, this made it the smallest airport in the 48 contiguous states with regularly scheduled air service.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 321 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 900 enplanements in 2009, and 494 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).
Scheduled air service temporarily ceased on March 8, 2008, when Big Sky Airlines ended operations in bankruptcy. Great Lakes Airlines was given USDOT approval to take over Essential Air Service (EAS) and flights began in 2009. Service is currently provided under EAS contract by Silver Airways (formerly Gulfstream International Airlines).
Facilities and aircraft
L. M. Clayton Airport covers an area of 290 acres (117 ha) at an elevation of 1,989 feet (606 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,091 by 100 feet (1,552 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 5,975 aircraft operations, an average of 16 per day: 53% general aviation, 47% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 8 aircraft based at this airport, all single-engine.
Airlines and non-stop destinations
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Silver Airways||Billings, Glasgow (MT) |
- FAA Airport Master Record for OLF ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- Falstad, Jan (February 17, 2008). "Eastern Montana loses rural air service". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved February 18, 2008.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Great Lakes prepares for Montana routes". Sidney Herald (Montana). December 30, 2007. Retrieved February 3, 2008.
- "Time table for Wolf Point (OLF)". Silver Airways (formerly Gulfstream International Airlines). Retrieved June 3, 2012.
- "Montana route map". Silver Airways (formerly Gulfstream International Airlines). Retrieved June 3, 2012.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2605) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-12-20: selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to continue providing essential air service at seven Montana communities (Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Sidney, and Wolf Point) for a new two-year period beginning March 1, 2006, at a subsidy of $6,838,934 annually.
- Order 2007-11-21: selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to continue providing essential air service at seven Montana communities for a new two-year period beginning March 1, 2008, at a subsidy of $8,473,617 annually.
- Order 2007-12-22: allowing Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to suspend its subsidized essential air services at seven Montana communities on the date that Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., begins replacement service, and selecting Great Lakes to provide those services at subsidy rates totaling $8,201,992.
- Order 2011-1-27: selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) with 19-passenger Beechcraft B-1900D aircraft at Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Sidney, and Wolf Point, Montana, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS at all seven communities through the end of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $10,903,854.
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OLF, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport:
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